Founded in 1924, The British School is a non-profit, independent and coeducational day school offering a complete and coherent curriculum for pupils of all nationalities from ages 2-18.
Search for the best international schools in Brazil; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
Brazil has a thriving private, international education sector that serves both expatriates and globally minded citizens, with the majority of schools clustered around Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia.
The diverse sector includes schools offering British, American, Swiss and Spanish study programmes and a large number of Catholic schools, as well as other faith schools including Lutheran, Baha’i and Jewish foundations. Most are coeducational day schools.
There are 32 IB World Schools in Brazil, including 23 authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma and two that offer all three IB programmes. One is Spanish-medium, two teach in Portuguese and English and one in French and English. The rest are English-medium.
Schools such as the British School of Rio de Janeiro combine the IB Diploma with the English national curriculum and IGCSEs, while others blend it with American or Brazilian programmes. There are also many Brazilian private schools, which teach in Portuguese.
Parents are advised to check schools’ accreditation arrangements. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has 14 accredited schools in Brazil and the Council of International Schools has three. Many schools belong to the Latin American Heads Conference.
Education is compulsory for children aged six to 14. In the state system, Ensino Fundamental is divided into two stages and followed by three years of Ensino Medio. Instruction is in Portuguese and students follow a national curriculum with a broad range of subjects and some regional variations. The vestibular entrance exam determines entry to higher education.
Brazil has faced criticism for failing to raise educational standards among the poor and in deprived regions. Following initiatives to address such problems, net enrolment reached 92 per cent of the age group in primary schools and 81 per cent in secondary schools in 2015.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Brazil, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.